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Sandra Rollison
Assistant Dean
College of Graduate Studies
610-647-4400 ext. 3215
srollison@immaculata.edu

The higher education foundational concentration provides professional courses addressing leadership, law, finance, advancement, strategic planning, policy, historical context, learning theory, ethics, and the integration and application of technology. The research core provides a solid background in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, culminating in your dissertation study.  The specialty course sequence lends flexibility so that you can focus on a particular area of interest in higher education.

Foundational Concentration

Purpose: To develop a fundamental knowledge of higher education

24 credits

  • HED 705 Introduction to Higher Education (3)
  • HED 712 Higher Education Administration, Change & Innovation (3)
  • HED 721 Diversity and Multiculturalism in Higher Education (3)
  • HED 725 Finance and Strategic Planning (3)
  • HED 730 Ethics and Decision Making (3)
  • HED 732 Evaluation and Assessment in College Teaching (3)
  • HED 735 Public Policy and Legal Issues (3)
  • HED 820 Applied Field Experience and Seminar (3)

Research Core: (12 credits + 9 for dissertation)

Purpose: To build an understanding of and gain practice in using research methodologies

21 credits

  • HED 702 Methods of Research (3)
  • HED 703 Advanced Research: Qualitative Analysis and Quantitative Analysis (3)
  • HED 704 Advanced Research: Action Research and Mixed Methods Designs (3)
  • HED 790 Dissertation Seminar (3)
  • HED 798-800 Dissertation I, II, III (9)
  • HED 797 Comprehensive Examination (0)

Specialty Electives

Purpose: To focus and refine skills and knowledge in higher education

15 credits

  • HED 711 Specialty Topics (3)
  • HED 720 Cognition, Learing, and Pedagogy (3)
  • HED 731 Best Practices Teaching and Learning (3)
  • HED 740 Academic Curriculum: Design, Delivery, and Assessment (3)
  • HED 745 Strategies for Institutional Advancement (3)
  • HED 748 Enrollment Management (3)
  • HED 750 Student Services in Higher Education (3)
  • HED 755 Program and Institutional Evaluation (3)
  • HED 760 Current Issues in Higher Education (3)
  • HED 765 Advanced Topics in Higher Education (1-3)
  • GEN 505* Adult Human Development (3)

*required for students who have not had a graduate-level human development course.

Nursing Education Concentration Specialty Courses

15 credits

  • HED 770 Program Development & Evaluation in Nursing Education (3)
  • HED 771 Instructional Design & Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (3)
  • HED 772 Learning Theory & Practice for Classroom & Clinical Nursing Education (3)
  • HED 765 Advanced Topics in Nursing Education (3)
  • HED 773 Advanced Scientific Inquiry in Nursing & Health Care (3)

TOTAL CREDITS: 60

All students entering the program must hold a master's degree.
The 60 credits are beyond the student's master's degree.

Students must earn a B or better in each course or retake the course.

For more information about course requirements and academic advising, please contact Dr. Judy Witt at jwitt@immaculata.edu or 484-323-3896.